After the Supreme Court decision in McDonald v Chicago earlier this year, which struck down a 30-year-old handgun ban in the city, gun rights supporters vowed to keep the momentum for less regulation. In fact, some of them are now suing Maryland to prove that commitment.
The Federal lawsuit against the state authorities was brought on July 29 by The Second Amendment Foundation and state resident Raymond Woollard who claims his handgun permit renewal was denied because, according to the state, he could not demonstrate "a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger."
According to the lawsuit, “individuals cannot be required to demonstrate that carrying a handgun is ‘necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger’ as a prerequisite for exercising their Second Amendment rights.” As a result, Woollard is seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Maryland law that requires it.
The SAF says the plaintiff first received his permit after a man broke into his house in 2002. That man, who was released from prison in 2005, allegedly lives three miles from Woollard’s house.